PERSONAL accolades aren't behind Dave Murphy's love for cricket.
But the Pomborneit president, whose latest stint at the club has stretched almost two decades, has more than a few to look back on.
Murphy will play his 300th match for the South West Cricket Association powerhouse on Saturday.
"It's probably been a long time coming to be honest. I've played a lot of two-day cricket in my time at the club," he told The Standard.
"I've probably played even more days, so it's taken a while, but it's not something I really ever set out to achieve.
"The personal accolades aren't a big thing for me, it's really about being with the team and the mateship you get from cricket."
The wicketkeeper-batsman is the most prolific gloveman in Bulls history and has four senior premierships to his name.
Murphy also featured in a solitary Twenty20 flag.
"The premierships are pretty special. It makes it even more enjoyable that the success we've had was spread out over the years," he said.
"I'm absolutely still loving the game at the moment and I'm getting a lot out of it.
"I probably appreciate playing more than ever at the moment."
It all started when Murphy's family moved to the district from Melbourne in the late 1980s.
His father, Graeme, featured in "about 50 games" but the bulk of his involvement was on the club's executive as a long-term president.
The premierships are pretty special. It makes it even more enjoyable that the success we've had was spread out over the years.Dave Murphy
Murphy played his junior cricket at the club before shifting back to Melbourne for an apprenticeship opportunity.
"I played a handful of games up there with Preston but it just didn't quite feel the same," he said.
"I decided to come back and I was lucky enough to be able to travel back to play before I moved back (to the south-west)."
Now, seeing the next generation of talent rise through the Bulls' ranks is keeping things fresh for Murphy and other long-term players at the club.
"We're getting a lot of good young kids come into division one and even in division two as well," he said.
"It's just a great time at the club at the moment and we've got some great personalities out there.
"Josh Place, for example, came out and needed a good partnership with Daniel Lenehan against Cobden last week and he batted really well.
"We also had the Darcy boys come on and bowl. It's been good."
The club's culture is another point of pride.
"As (secretary) Luke Reynolds often says, Pomborneit is a town with a population of 191 people," Murphy said.
"To have a club out there with nine teams, it's a great achievement. We're all pretty proud of what has been done.
"Things like that don't happen overnight. It takes a long time to build and we have some great people who put their hands up to help out.
"Whether that's a large role or a small contribution, it just helps out."
Pomborneit will face Heytesbury Rebels in Timboon on Saturday.
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